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Kwale devotes Sh90 million to redress famine crisis

The National Drought Management Authority Kwale head Roman Shera says the county had received Sh6.5 million to handle the situation. He warned residents to be prepared as the drought could still go on up to November and December.

By Oscar NdundaWednesday, 02 Nov 2016 19:36 EAT

Being among the counties hit hardest by drought, the Kwale county government has allocated Sh90 million to fight the surging drought across the county with Kinango and Lunga Lunga sub counties being the worst hit with close to 20,000 people facing starvation.

This comes after Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) passed the Kwale Disaster Management Bill 2016 which Governor Salim Mvurya assented to on Friday in a bid to tackle the prolonged drought in the county. The drought, which has persisted for three months, has exposed residents to starvation, with many walking for long distances to look for water. A significant number of livestock have died in the famine.

Mr Mvurya, while speaking on Tuesday, assured the residents that food subsidies would be given to candidates sitting for national examinations in 229 primary schools and 39 secondary schools. Food and water will also be distributed to every home in the most affected areas.

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Kwale region coordinator Roman Shera says the county had received Sh6.5 million to handle the situation. He warned residents to be prepared as the drought could still go on up to November and December.

In October, the government indicated that 1.3 million people were affected by the drought with Kilifi, Kwale, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo and Samburu counties being the most hit which prompted the NDMA to allocate Sh53 million to the counties affected to support various drought response activities especially water and livestock production.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in October pointed out the Ministry had mobilized 20 extra bowsers for emergency water supply in the most affected areas.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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